Lawyer of Accused Tutu Flasher Says His Client Was Wearing Underwear While Exposing Himself

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There's nothing like getting caught with your pants...er...tutu down.

While it may be embarrassing, the attorney of a man accused of flashing a local salon says baring your balls from underneath a tutu is hardly indecent exposure. After all, his client, who has been accused of doing just that, had on some sort of "shielding" undergarment, too.

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Reminder: Houston Grand Juries (Almost) Never Indict Cops for Shooting Civilians

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Michael Barajas
Protesters marched down MLK Blvd Tuesday night
Hundreds of Houstonians joined protestors across the country Tuesday night, voicing anger after a Missouri grand jury chose not to indict Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown this summer.

Signs and placards carried familiar names that have sparked national headlines, like Trayvon Martin or John Crawford, the young black man shot and killed by cops in an Ohio Walmart just days before the Brown shooting for walking around with a toy gun he picked up in the store. But other names scrawled on protest signs hit closer to home. Like Eli Escobar Jr., an unarmed 14-year-old boy shot and killed by a rookie Houston cop in 2003, or Brian Claunch, a 45-year-old wheelchair-bound double-amputee who suffered from mental illness who was shot in the head by police in 2012 after wielding a ballpoint pen in a scuffle with two HPD officers.

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Charity that Builds Custom Homes for Wounded Veterans Once Again Facing Fraud Allegations

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Helping A Hero Gala Invite 2014

When Army Sgt. 1st Class Scott Lathan returned home from his second tour in Iraq, finances were tight. Lathan had been severely injured in Balad, Iraq in 2006 when 155mm rounds blew apart the Humvee he was riding in, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury, cognitive disorders, PTSD, and knee, back, and hip problems. The young soldier, who had a wife and young child, could no longer work.

The family struggled without Lathan's income, and money became an even bigger problem when Lathan's wife Sarah, who became breadwinner after his injuries, had to resign from her job to have heart surgery. Saddled with car and mortgage payments, the Lathans worried constantly about how to make ends meet.

But everything changed in September 2012, when Helping a Hero, a local nonprofit group that builds custom homes for veterans that have suffered severe injuries in war, contacted Sgt. Lathan. The charity's director, Meredith Iler, offered to build the Lathans a 2,400 square foot home with four bedrooms in exchange for a small mortgage, $50,000 over 10 years at 3.5 percent. It was a home they could better afford, and it seemed like the answer to their problems.

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Catholic Charities Accused of Covering Up Years of Sexual Abuse by Employees

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The family of a child who was abused by an employee at Catholic Charities has filed a lawsuit claiming that the charity has a long, troubling history of covering up sexual assault cases.

The family of the victim filed the lawsuit last week, naming Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Carlos Valera, a former program coordinator at the charity who is now serving a 7 year jail sentence for child sexual assault, as defendants.

The lawsuit claims the organization has shown "willful disregard for the well-being of others" and has covered up abuse at the charity for nearly a decade.

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Local Youth Minister Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Member of Church Youth Group

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A former local youth minister has been arrested in New York City, accused of sexually assaulting a young girl at the local church where he once worked.

Police in New York arrested 33-year-old Jude Ramdial on charges of sexual assault of a child last week after the local victim reported the alleged assault to authorities in Harris County. Authorities say Ramdial was the pastor of a New York church at the time of his arrest.

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Texas Companies are Pretty Awesome About LGBT Equality, According to Report

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Even if politicians in our deep red state are lagging behind, it seems Texas businesses know a thing or two about good, old fashioned equality, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Each year, the HRC looks at Fortune 500 companies and top law firms around the nation and ranks them according to their LGBT equality on the Corporate Equality Index using five categories: Non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBT diversity and inclusion, public commitment to equality, and responsible citizenship.

This year's index included 44 Texas businesses, and what they found is pretty darn astounding. According to the new rankings, Texas private sector businesses now lead the nation in workplace equality.

Yep, we were surprised too.

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UPDATED: Houston Business Owner Sued for Allegedly Taking Creepy Photos of Women

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Pro-tip: Be sure everyone is really okay with your surreptitious photo-taking.

UPDATED November 19, 2014 at 6:50 p.m.: We were able to get in touch with BJ Farmer and get his explanation. His responses are in bold type throughout the story.

Here's a pro-tip: If you're going to take, shall we say, unusual pictures of your friends and neighbors, make sure said friends and neighbors are explicitly okay with it. If you can't get around to doing that, you probably don't want to keep the photos.

Benjamin Farmer (also known as BJ Farmer, according to social media and the interwebs) has been the president (and is the founder) of CITOC, a Houston-based consulting company for IT and cloud services, since 1995. The company has been named Microsoft Partner of the Year three times consecutively, including this year, and has also picked up a bevy of awards from the Houston Business Journal. All this happened with Farmer at the wheel. So it's fair to say his professional life is going well.

However, things seem a little more murky on the personal side. Farmer and his wife, Felicia Leigh Farmer, filed for divorce last year. Over the course of the divorce proceedings, Farmer's soon-to-be-former wife went through some computers and other things left in her possession and found some pretty unsettling things. Namely, she discovered a whole bunch of creepy photographs of various women, including Andrea Villareal, a woman who had been in the Farmers' social circle for more than ten years, according to Villareal's lawyer, Tommy Hastings.

Farmer says the photos in question were taken during a pool party, and are simply photos of everyone enjoying the party. He says he is a photo enthusiast and he takes a lot of photos of things happening in his life and stores them digitally. "This was just a pool party that was going on with a bunch of people hanging out and enjoying ourselves. I can see the issue if I'm taking nude photos but that's not even the case here. They're just pictures of a party," Farmer says.


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Houston Police Officer Charged With Raping Teen Girl He Met at Chick-fil-A

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A Houston police officer is out on $50,000 bond after being arrested on allegations that he raped a teenage girl he met while she was working at a local restaurant.

Ruben Anthony Carrera has been charged with sexual assault of a child under 17, a second-degree felony, according to court documents, after allegedly having sexual contact with a 15-year-old victim he met at a Chick-fil-A restaurant, where the girl worked.

A coworker at the fast-food place reported the sexual contact after seeing Carrera hugging and kissing the girl on multiple occasions at the restaurant, according to court documents.

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HPD Shootout With Disgruntled Motel Guest Ends in Suspect Stealing, Crashing Cop Car

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Getting in a shootout with the Houston Police Department after getting kicked out of a motel is one thing. But getting in a shootout with HPD after getting thrown out of said motel, and then stealing and crashing a cop car? Well, that's a whole other ball of ballsy wax.

Apparently 26-year-old Patrick Ray Castro really didn't want to leave a motel off of Hempstead Road Wednesday morning after a motel employee tried to throw him and a woman with him out, according to an HPD report on the incident.

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Houston's LGBT Equality Score Is Mediocre, While Dallas Is Awesome, According to HRC Report

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So, it seems that the city of Houston rates right around "pretty darn mediocre" when it comes to supporting LGBT folks, according to a new report by the The Human Rights Campaign.

HRC, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation earlier this week, which included scores for 22 cities in Texas.

While Houston certainly isn't even close to the bottom rung for equality in Texas, there's definitely room for improvement on both the state and national level.


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